Rock Music Key features
Started in 1950s. Used electric instruments.
Distortion= Distortion of notes
Feedback used deliberately
Power chords= Tonic and fifth of chord
Developed in 1970s:
- told stories
- musicians expressed themselves through the music
About controversial topics
Used fusion- Folk Rock
Grace from the album Grace- Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley was American. He only did 1 studio album- died in a river accident. Folk-rock feel.
Released in 1994. Other songs on album are Hallelujah + Lilac Wine
Wide vocal range- falsetto used. EQ used on vocals in final verse. Vibrato, glissandos + scoops (portamentos) used. Word painting used. Mainly syllabic, some melismas.
In 12/8 (unusual). Guitar parts overdubbed- thicker texture. Distortion + flanging on guitars in coda.
Voice, 2 electric guitars (in 'drop D'), synthesizer (modulation used), acoustic guitar (written in tab), bass guitar, strings, drum kit (snare drum accents backbeats- 2+4)
More instruments added during song to increase volume + texture (thick at end)
Verse-chorus structure with bridge. Vocalisation (wordless singing) in bridge.
Mainly in E minor- only clear from half way through 1st verse. Frequent syncopation in vocal line.
Chromatic chords which move in parallel motion + dissonant chords used
Unusual chord progressions (not 1-4-5). Synthesizer + strings drop in and out.
Cross rhythms created through 2 against 3. Crotchet = 64 bpm